See under flea.
Origin of dog flea
First recorded in 1835–45
Definition for dog flea (2 of 2)
[ flee ]
/ fli /
any of numerous small, wingless bloodsucking insects of the order Siphonaptera, parasitic upon mammals and birds and noted for their ability to leap.
either of two common fleas of the genus Ctenocephalides, the very small, black C. felis (cat flea) or the similar but larger C. canis (dog flea), both of which infest cats, dogs, and occasionally humans.
Origin of flea
before 900; Middle English fle, Old English flēah, flēa; cognate with German Floh; akin to flee
Can be confusedflea flee
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British Dictionary definitions for dog flea
/ (fliː) /
any small wingless parasitic blood-sucking insect of the order Siphonaptera, living on the skin of mammals and birds and noted for its power of leaping
any of various invertebrates that resemble fleas, such as the water flea and flea beetle
flea in one's ear informal a sharp rebuke
Word Origin for flea
Old English flēah; related to Old Norse flō, Old High German flōh
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Medicine definitions for dog flea
[ flē ]
Any of various small, wingless, bloodsucking insects of the order Siphonaptera that have legs adapted for jumping and are parasitic in the hair and feathers of warm-blooded animals.
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Idioms and Phrases with dog flea
In addition to the idioms beginning with flea
- flea in one's ear, a
- flea market
- hurt a fly (flea)
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